How to Effectively Contol one or Multiple Doors with Door Access Control
Door access control systems provide businesses with a fluid and seamless way of controlling and monitoring access to their business premises. They ensure only individuals with access rights can gain entry to the building or site, thus protecting the premises from vandalism, theft, inappropriate use of assets or equipment, and other forms of criminal activity.
Furthermore, this form of digital security provides a more secure layering of security that is both convenient and practical for small and large enterprises. Monitoring the entrances and exits of your building is paramount to ensuring the safety of staff and the business assets (product and equipment). With a door access control system, you can monitor 1-500 doors depending on the size of your business, creating the safe environment needed for productivity and profitability. This article will look at the benefits of a door access system for companies and how it protects your business, staff, and assets.
What is a Door Access Control System?
A door entry system is an extra layer of security that consists of door readers, controllers, electric locks, and management software. These systems link to form a control system that limits access to authorised employees, visitors, or guests using an access card, fob, or PIN Code. Access rights can be programmed for external doors to prevent unknown individuals from entering the building. However, they can also be set up for internal high-risk areas preventing unauthorised access.
For example, this form of access control is particularly useful in a lab or financial environment where sensitive data and high-tech equipment require protection from misuse and damage. Furthermore, a simple access control solution such as a burglar alarm or passcode is enhanced when combined with a door access control system. This is because many security control solutions today provide a more proactive and immediate solution to security rather than the typical knee-jerk reaction seen with the basic security systems consisting of locks, keys, and burglar alarms.
How Door Access Control Systems Work
Understanding how the door access control system works is the first step to ensuring your business is safe and secure from external and internal security threats.
Essential components of an access control system:
- The control server or computer is the brain of the system. It stores and manages authorised credentials (forms of ID) issued to employees and visitors to the building. These could be keycards, fobs, PIN codes, smartphones, or biometric data such as facial recognition or fingerprints.
- Proximity readers or scanners convert the user’s unique credentials into a Wiegand ID ( digital ID data) and send it to the door controller. Readers are usually positioned at the building’s entry point or specific areas within the building.
- The access controller or control panel compares the Wiegand ID to the information stored on the server. If the credentials match, a signal is sent to the door lock to release the door.
- The electric door lock controls the door (keeps it closed or open) according to the information received by the controller.
Door access systems follow a simple process. First, authorised visitors or personnel present their credentials to the reader, which sends the scanned data to the control panel. Next, the control panel compares the data to the information saved on the server and determines whether access should be denied or granted. Lastly, if the data matches the stored information on the server, the controller sends a signal to release the door; if not, the door remains shut, barring entry to the property. This electronic access control can also trigger an email, text, or alarm alert should unauthorised individuals try to access sensitive areas. Door access systems provide an organisation with various security measures. Depending on the business’s security needs, they can be used on a single door or as a barrier for multiple access points.
Benefits of Door Access Control Systems
Door access control systems can restrict access in many types of buildings. These can range from offices and parking garage buildings to residential flats or gated communities. Visitors to facilities where the property owner has installed a door access control system are usually required to input a code on the code pad or ring for access via a request button. This ensures access is restricted to those who have permission to be on the premises. However, in addition, to limiting access, door control systems have other beneficial characteristics.
Replace Missing Keys
Most people have experienced the panic that ensues when keys go missing. Not only is this a security risk should they end up in the hands of an unauthorised user, but replacement keys can also be costly to a business. This expense is mitigated with a door access control system as lost access cards and fobs can easily be revoked, thus protecting the business from criminal activity. The additional security that an access system provides can also reduce insurance premiums as insurance companies are aware that limiting access to the building protects the business from theft, vandalism, and damage, reducing the possibility of an insurance claim.
Access door control system products that use biometric data such as fingerprints, key cards, or fobs to grant access to a facility can also be programmed to deny access should an employee leave the business. Updating the system can be done with immediate effect and eliminates the need to request the return of any manual keys they may have in their possession. These same access credentials (keys) can also provide access to certain areas within the business during a specific time frame. For example, shift workers who require access to work specific work patterns. Any access requests outside the set time frames are restricted, allowing the administrators to identify those on the premises should an incident or emergency occur.
Deter Unauthorised Access
Preventing those without access authorisation from entering the business premises is vital for protection against theft, acts of vandalism, or potential harm to employees and clients. An access door control system ensures that business privacy and security are maintained. Furthermore, staff and customers will feel valued and protected, thus making your business more appealing to potential employees and new business prospects. No one wants to feel unsafe while at work or doing business.
Capture Ongoing Footage
A door access control system eliminates the need for a sizeable onsite security team. Remote monitoring via CCTV incorporated into the door entry access control system means that team members can safely move between areas in the workplace, internal theft or damage is prevented, and unauthorised access is prevented.
Creating barriers for each specific door with a control system can also provide a business with vital information regarding who gained access to the premises or restricted areas and when they did this. Video door entry footage can be referenced later on, whether for in-house security or to help the authorities. This information could be in the form of video footage or unique credential data collected by the reader from the access key card, fob, or PIN code. Once the data is collected, it can be used as evidence for insurance claims, rectifying business protocols, or settling in-house disputes.
In addition, tracking the movements of employees or visitors in the work environment is vital should an emergency such as a fire occur. This monitoring allows the property owner to account for everyone on-site and ensure their safety. What’s great is that you won’t have to go on a course to learn how to make use of the system – it’s simple to use. You just need an internet connection and you can access footage and live views of security from within a mobile application!
Types Of Door Access Control
The type of door access control you choose depends on your type of business, property layout, and the level of protection your property, assets, and employees require. Let’s take a quick look at the types of door access control you could select to improve your building or site’s security.
- Mobile Credentials: The user’s data is saved to their smartphone. Using Wifi, Bluetooth, or data signal, the door unlock is activated by using a mobile app.
- Card/Fob Readers: This is the most common and cheapest form of access control. Users scan the card or fob to gain entry to the site or building.
- Biometric Readers: These readers scan the user’s fingerprints or use facial recognition technology to approve or deny access.
- Keypad/PINS: Users need to input a passcode to activate the door unlock mechanism.
Is Door Access Control Right For My Business?
A door entry access control system can be utilised in small, medium, or large enterprises and tailored to suit your unique business security needs. Whether you need to monitor a single door or multiple entry points, there are access control products and services on the market to suit your budget and building security requirements. For example, whether they rent or own the property, small businesses can easily implement a small door access control system supported with suitable CCTV.
At the same time, medium to large companies requiring multiple access control systems to manage larger areas or several sites can also install a combination of CCTV camera and door access controls systems to manage their properties. Door access control systems are a versatile and unintrusive way of managing all your onsite security needs.
It’s important to choose the right people with years of experience in the industry to design and install your door access control system and prevent unauthorized access. Get in touch with Satori Risk today to discuss your needs and requirements with a professional security consultant.